Nightshade

Nightshade

A Sam Montcalm Mystery

Book - 2010
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In Quebec City, deadly nightshade means murder. Police, RCMP, and a mysterious FBI agent converge on an important scientific conference concerning the genetic manipulation of trees. Sam Montcalm, a despised "bedroom snooper" from Ottawa, follows the trail of murder back to Canada's capital.


Short-listed for the 2011 Shamus Awards

Deadly nightshade – the poison plant par excellence – and in historic Quebec City at an important scientific conference concerning the genetic manipulation of trees it means murder!

Police, RCMP, and a mysterious FBI agent from Washington converge on the scene. But the sharpest eye belongs to Sam Montcalm, a despised "bedroom snooper" from Ottawa whose primary concern is to clear a First Nations activist of the crime. Sam is middle-aged, tough, and sophisticated, yet he’s also a lone wolf who feels displaced nearly everywhere, and his relations with his colleagues, the police – and with women – are always complicated. "You’re a psychic wound without a health card," a friend comments

The story moves to its surprising climax as Montcalm follows the trail of murder back to Canada’s capital and into the Gatineau Hills, his deep sense of cynicism about human nature confirmed as he closes in on the killer and struggles to come to terms with himself.



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Short-listed for the 2011 Shamus Awards

Deadly nightshade – the poison plant par excellence – and in historic Quebec City at an important scientific conference concerning the genetic manipulation of trees it means murder!

Police, RCMP, and a mysterious FBI agent from Washington converge on the scene. But the sharpest eye belongs to Sam Montcalm, a despised "bedroom snooper" from Ottawa whose primary concern is to clear a First Nations activist of the crime. Sam is middle-aged, tough, and sophisticated, yet he's also a lone wolf who feels displaced nearly everywhere, and his relations with his colleagues, the police – and with women – are always complicated. "You're a psychic wound without a health card," a friend comments

The story moves to its surprising climax as Montcalm follows the trail of murder back to Canada's capital and into the Gatineau Hills, his deep sense of cynicism about human nature confirmed as he closes in on the killer and struggles to come to terms with himself.



Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781554887149
Branch Call Number: HEN
PBK HEN
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 18 cm

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Apr 19, 2012

This book was nominated for a Shamus Award, a prestigious US mystery award.

Noted crime witer and critic Linda Wiken wrote as follows, "Tom Henighan has crafted a multi-layered story with a very human, very imperfect protagonist, a wonderful descriptive writing style, and a tale of crime and passion for our times."

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